Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Disney Skyliner gondola system at Walt Disney World. From initial testing to high speed testing to more gondola deliveries, things seem to be moving along well for the new transportation system.
Today, load and capacity testing began on the line. We spotted more gondola cabins on the line than we’ve ever seen below and have some photos and video of the testing for you. Check it out!
Here’s a gondola traveling over a Disney bus along Victory Way, near the Caribbean Beach Resort station.
The testing is currently taking place on the line that runs between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. As you’ll see in the video below, the gondolas were traveling at the same speed as yesterday and they were being dispatched from the station roughly every 35 seconds. In our observation, guests will have roughly 45-50 seconds to load and unload in the station, with the gondola spending about 2 minutes in total in the station. While 45 seconds might sound like a short time to board, the gondola is moving at such a slow pace that we don’t anticipate the average party of 6 having an issue loading. The gondolas move much slower through the station than a Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy or a ship in Peter Pan’s Flight.
Here are a few photos of the gondolas on the line today, including a new character gondola!